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  • 1. Gospel Baptist Tabernacle 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 www.rossvillechurch.com Where the Love of God abounds, everyone is welcome. Children’s Church taught by Paul and Marsha Davis during preaching. December 8, 2013 1
  • 2. We are studying God’s Plan for our financial welfare, as well as our spiritual blessings. Philippians 4 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Need = necessity and employment Strong’s Greek Dictionary God will fulfill His Promises, as we obey His Picking up where we left off last week. Word. 2
  • 3. How do you look at the money and other forms of wealth that come into your hands? Is it yours? You earned it; it’s all yours. Is 10% God's and the rest yours? Or is it all God's and it’s been put in your trust for a short time? Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein. 3
  • 4. Not only is it all God's, you belong to Him too. He bought and paid for us with the Blood of Jesus Christ, His only son. 1 Corinthians 6 19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 4
  • 5. Job 41:11 NIV Who has a claim against Me that I must pay? Everything under Heaven belongs to Me. Rom 11:35-36 NIV "Who has ever given to God that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. Everything that comes into our possession belongs to God; We are obligated to God to use it wisely and well for Him. 5
  • 6. If we love God with all our heart, mind, soul, body, and strength, that attitude will come easy. The attitude that all things belong to God, and we are obligated to use His Provision wisely and well. But if we love the world and the things of the world, we will find ourselves resisting this Truth: All things belong to God, and He entrusts us with a portion to use for the benefit of His Kingdom. 6
  • 7. Money -- our attitude toward it, our handling of it: Is the best outside indicator of our inside condition with God. How much we really love God! Do you know that whether you have wealth or live in poverty is totally in God‘s hands? 7
  • 8. But -- His decision concerning wealth will rely on our attitude and actions; Things like: Willing obedience or stubborn disobedience to the Word. Our attitude toward God and the world. Our attitude about wealth; is it according to the Word of God. 8
  • 9. But it is all up to God. I Sam 2:7 The Lord maketh poor and maketh rich: He bringeth low, and lifteth up. I reiterate: It is up to God, but His decision will depend on our attitude and actions. 9
  • 10. God gave Solomon a dream and told him that he could have anything he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom and judgment to be king of Israel. God gave Solomon the wisdom and judgment that he asked for -- and God also made Solomon rich and gave him much honor. But His decision to do so was based on Solomon's heart attitude, which God saw in Solomon's request. 10
  • 11. God has given us the same opportunity: John 15 7 If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. What will you desire and ask God for? Do you desire a comfortable living in this world? Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to your life. Matthew 6:33 11
  • 12. Psalm 127:2 New American Standard It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Trying to get it ourselves. You can work yourself to the bone. You can strive and sweat to have more; And you may gain wealth. But it will come better if you will do it God's way and let Him bless you with it. 12
  • 13. Prov 10:22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it. If you strive for it, you may get it; But you may wish you didn't have it. What are we talking about here? We are talking about our attitude toward money, which indicates our attitude toward God. 13
  • 14. Attitudes of pride and greed will cause God to bring us low; But an attitude of humility and generosity will cause God to exalt us. With God, it is not only what you do, but even more, why you do it. 14
  • 15. Luke 10:27 Jesus said, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" If we truly do love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind; And we truly do love our neighbor as ourself: Then handling our finances according to Scripture will be an easy thing to do. 15
  • 16. But, if we love the world and the things that are in the world We will find that it is a struggle to obey many of the Scriptures concerning finance. We will constantly be asking "why?" about every Principle which God has given us to live by. Very often doing right will cost you in the short run, and we don't see the long run very clearly. We have to trust God to see the future. 16
  • 17. This is not a subject that is left vague and hard to understand. I'll show you Scripture by Scripture exactly how God wants you to handle your finances. This road of righteousness is so clear that a wayfaring man though a fool need not err. Isa 35:8 17
  • 18. Work God’s Plan to supply the needs of His children Manage Giving Attitude 18